British Rottweiler Paddles to Weight Loss

Sounds like a great way to lose weight for two- or four-footed Dogsters, including me! Anybody have a pool they want to loan out? This...

Joy  |  Nov 22nd 2006


Dog Loses Weight By Swimming

Sounds like a great way to lose weight for two- or four-footed Dogsters, including me! Anybody have a pool they want to loan out?

This article comes from Ananova.

Doggy paddling to fitness

An overweight rottweiler is half the dog he used to be after losing more than six stone – by doggy paddling.

Shamrock tipped the scales at 15st 10lbs by munching his way through 10kg of dog food a week, reports the Daily Mail.

And on top of his three tins of food a day, he would snack on fatty treats such as chips, cakes, chocolate and cheese.

But now, eight months on, the six-year-old pedigree weighs just 9st 6lb – after swimming his way to fitness in the family pool.

Mandy Moore and her husband Alan, 47, a goldsmith, managed to tempt him into the 26ft indoor pool because he was too fat to go for walks.

At first he could barely manage a width but, with help from the couple’s four children, Shamrock took to the water and now swims five lengths a day at their home in Plymouth, Devon.

Housewife Mandy, 46, said: “We knew he had to lose weight so we put him on a diet – he was like a canine dustbin.

“My husband suggested we try putting him in the pool. At first he just floated around but soon he was like a duck to water. Now we can’t keep him out of there.”